Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Please join us in welcoming Debbie of HollyBeeandCompany, our featured member!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a compassionate women who loves to be passionate about my businesses. I love taking something that is pretty much nothing and finding a new use for it! I love coffee, yoga and being creative. One of my greatest passion is helping others find their talents and put them to use. I love seeing others succeed!
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
I opened my business 4 years ago just selling to my local community. Two years ago I had a friend encouraged me to open an Etsy store to expand. I have always been creative and sold items here and there but Etsy took me to the next level. I absolutely love the growth I have had in the past 2 years on Etsy. I love sharing my talents and seeing all the different places my work goes around the world.
Tell us a bit about your products.
We use a lot of reclaimed materials in our products. We like to keep with the idea of taking something old and making it new. We make all our stain from earth pigment so each piece is unique in the fact that the stain is custom. We liked to work with the outdoor elements and bring a touch of outdoors inside.
What inspires your work?
Nature inspires us. We also like to keep up with the trends and incorporate that into our own style! Yoga and meditation is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. When the mind is quite it is free to create.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
My goal is to expand my following and my customer base. We want to continue to add new designs to our shop and offer the best products we can. I would love to see my business double in size by the end of this year. It is our dream to have Hollybee and Company be our full time income that allows us freedom to do what we love most.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
It is our desire to see everyone be successful at what they are doing. We care deeply for our customers and send each product out with love and hope. I also think our passion for keeping things as environmentally clean and safe as possibly by using natural products as much as possible sets us apart.
One thing for sure we are grateful for each and every order we receive. We love what we do!
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
We work from our basement and garage right now. We are hoping our dreams of owning a separate studio come true this year For now it has served us to work from home.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
Photography, shipping, and marketing. It’s so hard to say because I feel everyday I learn something new. If I had waited until I thought I had everything figured out I wouldn’t have ever opened my my shop. The one thing I would say is ask for help. Hire out what you are not comfortable doing. Don’t try to be everything all the time. Wearing too many hats leads to burnout.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Just go for it! You never know until you try and there is a place for everyone! I am a dive in and figure things out as you go kinda gal. You will learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to push yourself past your fears and step into something. If you fail you just try again. I would say I have learned to fail faster. The faster I fail the quicker I will succeed. Not all my products have been successful but I kept trying and it has been a joy!
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I do a lot of yoga, hiking, and spending time outdoors. We love to travel. Mostly this business is my hobby and I am lucky to have it as a job as well.
What is your favorite quote?
Whatever is good for the soul do that!
Where can people find out more about your business?
Facebook: HollyBee and Company
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